Ame joined Humanity United in 2013. As Director, Forced Labor & Human Trafficking, she manages the organization’s initiative to combat forced labor in the Thai seafood industry.
Ame brings more than 15 years of experience in global development, conservation, and labor rights. Prior to joining HU, she worked with staff and partners at The Nature Conservancy to implement some of the organization’s most innovative environmental programs. Ame was previously with the Global Development Program at the Hewlett Foundation, where she spearheaded Hewlett’s new international education partnership venture with the Gates Foundation. In this role, she helped create the framework for the $120 million initiative, serving as hub for the initiative’s activities, grantee interactions, and capacity building. She also played a key role in strategic planning, monitoring, and evaluation for this body of work. Before Hewlett, Ame managed the Sierra Club’s fair-trade licensing program, conducting supply chain due diligence for a diverse portfolio of products to ensure adherence to the highest environmental and labor standards and practices. Ame’s earlier professional background was in cause-related marketing, helping socially-conscious nonprofits and other people-based organizations raise their profiles. Most notably, Ame worked with labor unions and industry associations in North America and Europe to promote union labor and leadership in a changing global economy.
Ame holds a bachelor’s degree in English from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in global peace and human rights.